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ISBN-13: 978-1416612957 ISBN-10: 1416612955

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416612955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416612957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simply Better exposes the elephant in the room that educators will not acknowledge -- the enormous accumulation of education research that has had negligible impact on student achievement. ...While reducing all of the research available into 12 items may seem well beyond the possible, the groundwork Goodwin presents in each chapter is straight forward and compelling." - Jim Frenck, School Administrator magazine

About the Author

Bryan Goodwin is Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. For the past 13 years at McREL, he has been responsible for writing and editing numerous articles, reports, and research briefs, and serves as chief editor of the McREL magazine, Changing Schools. In 2009, he played a key role in McREL's 40-person effort to review and analyze hundreds of research reports on effective school and district practices into a series of eight in-depth reports, which Mr. Goodwin distilled into the report, Changing the Odds for Student Success: What Matters Most, which serves as the foundation for this book. In addition to his McREL publications, Mr. Goodwin writes a regular column on "what research says" for ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine and served as lead author of the book, The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020 (Solution Tree Press, 2010). Prior to his work at McREL, he taught high school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the Virgin Islands and Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor's degree in English-Professional Writing from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Bryan Goodwin is Chief Operating Officer at McREL, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organization. A former teacher and award-winning journalist, he writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine and has published three books. He has a Bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a Master's from the University of Virginia. When not writing or working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters in the Colorado high country on skis, foot, or by a warm fire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Randall Watson on September 11, 2011
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I read two or three books a month about education, leadership, etc. This book is "simply" one of the best books on education I have ever read. Goodwin does a masterful job of describing the essence of having a high achieving school, mixing critical data sets with stories that illustrate the point. I found myself agreeing with almost everything said in this book, noting that most of the ideas in this book are part of our district's historic, C3 - Citizenship, College and Career initiative.

Bravo! This book should be required reading for every supt, principal and teacher leaders. It will make a difference in your schools.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Busy on October 9, 2011
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I would strongly urge anyone involved with education to read this book! Goodwin breaks down the research and provides reasons to do what really matters by "distilling simplicity from complexity." It is easy to read and provides some fascinating examples of key principles that will help all students become successful learners. If you want to know what matters most or what matters best, then read this book.
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By Suzanne R Ryals on September 5, 2013
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Super insight into improving schools. Great for a book study by any educational leadership team, be it teachers, administrators, etc.
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